WHY DOES PENTAGON NEED LABORATORIES IN UKRAINE?

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BY KONRAD STACHNIO

Why? – in order to ‘protect us against terrorists’ of course. And that is the greatest fear of the inhabitants of the village Shelkostantsia where the US will be fighting with ‘the danger of the spread of biological weapons’. What does that mean? – probably that the US, as in case of the ‘defense against terrorists’ will create this bioweapon itself – read: a Virus. The residents who protest against these laboratories smell a rat.

Of course by mere coincidence, all the countries in which the US has taken this caring mission are post-Soviet countries. Using the slogan ‘fight against terrorism’ the US has created: a National Biological Defense Program (NBD), which incorporates such countries as Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2013 in Ukraine alone, the US created laboratories in Vinnytsia, Ternopil, Uzhhorod, Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Simferopol, Kherson, Lviv and Lugansk.

‘We do not want to be used as guinea pigs’

In the Kharkiv region, a laboratory to study the behavior of very dangerous animal pathogens was built. Recently a Ukrainian journalist Alexandr Rogers wrote about this. The American company Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. (Bv.com) is behind the project and is financed by the US Department of Defense. According to the obtained data, the plant is located in the basement of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Veterinary Department (zoovet.kh.ua/en), all of its employees are foreigners, mostly Americans. Under the guise of laboratory tests experiments based on the use of lethal pathogens on the battlefield are carried out there. As a result of the residents’ protests, a few years ago the bacteriological laboratory in Merefa was suspended. However, that changed after the entry of US troops on the territory of Ukraine. Planned laboratory is only about 70 meters from the nearby houses.

…The small river Rzhavchik which falls into the Mzha and then into the Seversky Donets which supplies with drinking water all East Ukraine and then falls into the Don in Russia is 500 meters from it. Nearby there passes the route “Simferopol — Moscow”… said Yuri Grebenuk, one of the Ukrainian activists.
According to the published information, the project is implemented on the basis of the agreement between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the US Ministry of Defense concerning the cooperation in preventing the spread of technology, pathogens and expertise that can be used to develop biological weapons signed on 29 August 2005.The Pentagon (not a civil agency, but the Defense Department itself) is responsible for this programme. According to a journalist Jeffrey Silverman A number of labs, strewn across Eastern Europe, are umbilically linked to the Biological Weapon Proliferation Prevention (BWPP) program and various projects within it, which is a cover for what is most likely an offensive program.

The observers are concerned about the secrecy of works on the creation of such institutions and about the fact that Pentagon – but not a civilian agency – stands at the head of this project. Certain fears are also associated with the need for construction of large storage facilities for pathogens that are required in the laboratory under the contract.

Frequent accidents

However this time, a fairly new idea is that the US creates these laboratories in a country that is at war,Ukraine, and relatively close to the front line. What would happen if a bomb was dropped on such a laboratory? – which is only about 500 meters from the mentioned river.

We recently learned how the Pentagon cares about the protection of the population (and its own people) against biological weapons when the information spread around about the specialists working at the military base in Utah who for about a year sent out active anthrax to a number of destinations in the US and to South Korea . The military were convinced that the bacteria were already dead and harmless. Only the recipients of the mail figured out they were dealing with a deadly biological weapon.

In the US such cases occur more frequently. In February 2009 Bloomberg reported that Baxter accidentally send vaccine material containing both live Avian bird flu and seasonal influenza to multiple laboratories worldwide. It must be noted that Baxter already made a mistake like this. Blood products produced by Baxter once contained HIV. Thousands of haemophiliacs died due to this, and many went on to infect their spouses.

An interesting case concerns also swine flu in Ukraine. The story begins when the so-called Professor Moshe had called a live radio show by Dr. A. True Ott, broadcast on Republic Broadcasting claiming to be a microbiologist who wanted to supply evidence to a States Attorney regarding tainted H1N1 swine flu vaccines being produced by Baxter’s Ukraine facility – a bio-weapon disguised as a vaccine. He said that Baxter’s Ukrainian lab was in fact producing a bio-weapon disguised as a vaccine. He claimed that the vaccine contained an adjuvant (additive) designed to weaken the immune system, and replicated RNA from the virus responsible for the 1918 pandemic Spanish flu, causing global sickness and mass death.Then Officially Joseph Moshe was arrested for calling the authorities and threatening to blow up the White House. During his arrest he sustained four rounds of tear-gas from the police, after which he was implied to be a member of the Mossad with specialised training. Moshe revealed this information in August, a full two months and more before the Ukrainian ‘flu’ epidemic broke out. You can see on this record what happened to him after that.

Another interesting example related to American laboratories and post-soviet countries is dealt with in 2012 during the outbreak of swine flu (ASF) which outbreaks in Russia. Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia’s Federal Service on Surveillance for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor), the country’s chief public health official said then something like that.

ASF came to us from Georgia – first to the Republic of Ossetia and then to the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions. There are signs that this has been artificially injected. It is economic sabotage. The Krasnodar region has already been battling this problem for three years.

In one o his articles investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported that the A/H1N1 virus is human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic.

In this context, the crux of the welds may well give a quote from this article.

For example, that activity of the USA on construction of numerous laboratories in the different countries, possibly is connected with development of the biological weapon directed on a concrete genotype, the concrete nation. The existence of a dense network of laboratories allows to define an individual reaction of the population to a throw of a concrete virus and to find the most pathogenic options of infections to which the local population possesses the smallest immunity. Or that the American experts approve – 100 kg of spore of anthrax, sprayed over the city, will bring more victims than the nuclear bomb with the capacity of 1 mega ton.

.. But why then not only simple inhabitants, but also even many high officials from Ministry of Health and Veterinary service don’t know about this saving project?…

If this project according to B.T.Stegny’s statements has great national value why it was known nothing of it, why its implementation was planned in a full secret?

Accidental outbreaks are fairly well correlated with the occurrence of US labs on their areas – at least when it comes to the west coast of Africa. On the map developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control -CDC), you can see where are the US laboratories – in the center of the Ebola epidemic, on the west coast of Africa.

Ukraine in barely a year since American democracy started to roll there, has achieved a lot in terms of its helpers overseas. The minimum wage is lower than in Zambia and Ghana. Voluntary battalions formed by the followers of Stephan Bandera and Adolf Hitler control vast areas. Undemocratic journalists and politicians are eliminated. Civilians, recruits and others who just cannot flee the country are killed massively.

There is censorship of social media and the society. And finally Ukraine has become one of the best places in terms of organ trade. Taking the above into account, the next stage of development of Ukrainian democracy might be an accidental outbreak of some kind of virus.

GDP of BRICS could surpass G7 in 2-3 years – senior Duma MP

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The GDP of the BRICS countries may surpass that of the G7 within two or three years, as it has already hit $32.5 trillion and rising, claims State Duma Foreign Relations chief Aleksey Pushkov.

“In 2014, the total gross domestic product of BRICS countries reached 30 percent [of the world’s GDP – Ed.]. This is less than that of the G7, but the difference is seven or eight percent. The combined GDP of the BRICS countries, according to the International Monetary Fund is $32.5 trillion [by purchasing power parity – Ed.]; the G7’s is $34.7 trillion. Given that the BRICS members mostly show much higher growth rates than the G7, we can assume that in the next two or three years the aggregate GDP of the BRICS countries will exceed the G7’s,” said the head of the State Duma Foreign Relations Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, speaking to reporters at the first BRICS Parliamentary Forum in Moscow.

He went on to say that BRICS should make this Forum regular, preferably annual, and when that happens, it would help to make the world more equitable and multipolar, based not on the superiority of one country over the other, but on the balance of interests.

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The economic center of the world is changing, the developed West will have to share its influence and authority in the global arena with players like BRICS, said Pushkov.

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Speaking about Western counter-efforts to consolidate and integrate, he mentioned the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US that aims at tariff reductions and the elimination of regulatory barriers to business.

If signed, it would turn Europe into the branch of the US economy, said Pushkov.

READ MORE: German business leaders rebuke G7 for ditching Russia

Pushkov’s comments were made as G7 leaders were meeting in Kruen in the Bavarian Alps. Russia was expelled from the group last year over reunification with Crimea.

BRICS skyrocketing
Since being established in 2006, the BRICS group has proposed many projects aimed at enhancing business relations between the members.

In July 2014, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed a $100 billion BRICS New Development Bank intended to rival the IMF and World Bank and sponsor business projects of the group.

Russia expects to launch the bank as well as a currency reserve pool worth another $100 billion at the July BRICS summit in Ufa, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other projects is a special business travel card which will simplify visa procedures and boost business between members.

BRICS account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and about 30 percent of the world’s GDP.

Obama: More G7 sanctions against Russia if Ukraine conflict continues

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The G7 states are ready to implement additional Russia sanctions over Ukraine, US President Barack Obama said at the G7 summit in Bavaria on Monday.

“There is strong consensus that we need to keep pushing Russia to abide by the Mink agreement,” Obama said. He added that the Western partners also need to encourage Kiev to stick to the Minsk deal.

“There was discussion of additional steps,” if Russia “doubles the aggression on Ukraine”, however they were on a technical and not political level, he added.

READ MORE: Leaders at G7 in Bavaria in call to uphold Russia sanctions

“Our hope is that we don’t have to take additional steps,” he said.

Obama said that the sanctions are hurting the Russian economy. He added that President Vladimir Putin would have to make a decision.

“Does he continue to wreck his country’s economy and continue Russia’s isolation in pursuit of a wrong-headed desire to recreate glories of the Soviet empire, or does he recognize that Russia’s greatness does not depend on violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries?” Obama said.

The G7 summit gathered world leaders for two days in southern Germany, with the crisis in Ukraine and the Greek economy topping the agenda.

On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

READ MORE: Russia has better things to do than start WW3 (OP-ED)

Investigative journalist Tony Gosling told RT that it seems Western politicians are being driven by the US into rhetoric about uniting against Russia.

“This is our old Cold War talk, that is really driven by the Americans, and it certainly does not represent the views of European people or business, which is a bit worrying,” he said.

Speaking to reporters Monday, French President Francois Hollande said that “there are currently no reasons” to lift sanctions against Russia. He added that the sanctions are “likely” to be extended until the end of 2015, and that the issue will be reviewed by the European Council in June.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that negotiations with Russia are taking place, adding that “international crises can be solved with the Russian Federation.”

At the opening of the G7 on Sunday, European Council President Donald Tusk said that “all of us would prefer to have Russia around the G7 table.”

However, Tusk also backed tougher sanctions against Russia, saying that he hoped they would be put in place at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels in the end of June.

There has been a recent escalation of violence as residential areas were shelled in eastern Ukraine’s rebel-held territories. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors have reported violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements by both sides in the conflict.

Moscow has urged the implementation of the ceasefire, connecting the recent escalation with the upcoming EU summit in Brussels.

“Yes, indeed, in the past Kiev had already heated up tensions amid some large international events. This is the case, and now we are seriously concerned about the next repetition of such activity,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

At the UN Security Council meeting on Saturday, Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said that Ukraine’s “flagrant violation and blunt ignorance of the Minsk agreements” caused frustration even among the Western states “loyal to Kiev.”

Obama Supporters Sign Petition to NUKE RUSSIA so America will Stay World’s Superpower

Published on Jun 8, 2015
Media analyst Mark Dice asked beachgoers in San Diego, California to sign a petition supporting President Obama’s supposed plan to launch of preemptive nuclear attack against Russia to help keep the United States of America the world’s leading superpower. The results are disturbing.

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Obama to urge G7 leaders to maintain Russia sanctions – while admitting they don’t work

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US President Barack Obama will urge EU leaders to keep sanctions in place against Russia at the G7 summit in Germany, US officials said. The US says it needs to “maintain the pressure” on Moscow.

The G7 nations will meet in Bavaria, Germany for a two-day summit beginning Sunday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the sanctions imposed on Russia will be on the agenda.

“My understanding is that the plan is for the President, when he goes to Europe, is to have a discussion with fellow European leaders about the need to extend the sanctions regime that’s currently in place that I believe expires sometime at the end of this month,” Earnest said in his daily press briefing.

“I would acknowledge that we have not yet seen the kind of change in behavior that we have long sought now,” he added.

Charles Kupchan, the White House Senior Director for European Affairs, confirmed that meetings at the summit will be centered on the US and Europe putting pressure on Moscow.

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“The President will be making the case to his European colleagues that the EU should move ahead and extend sanctions when they meet at the end of this month,” Kupchan said.

The US has criticized Russia recently for an increase in fighting in Eastern Ukraine. However, on Thursday, the Kremlin released a statement saying that the tensions, which had been stoked by Kiev, were increased to coincide with the upcoming EU summit, which is to take place in Brussels on June 25-26.

“Yes, indeed, in the past Kiev had already heated up tensions amid some large international events. This is the case, and now we are seriously concerned about the next repetition of such activity,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

However, rather than further looking to sideline Moscow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that it is essential to continue cooperation with Russia in a number of key international questions.

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“Of course we want and should cooperate with the Russian Federation,” Merkel told the DPA news agency. “In order to settle some conflicts, such as the one in Syria, we cannot go forward without Russia’s help. Therefore I support maintaining contact with President Vladimir Putin.”

The Obama administration says that the longer the sanctions are in place, “the more of an economic bite they take out of the Russian economy.” However, the sanctions are also having a negative effect on a number of EU members who have been hurt by Russian counter-sanctions.

“I think these sanctions are affecting Europe much more as a whole than was expected, and the others on the other side of the Atlantic are not affected at all,” said former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who spoke to RT in November.

Some EU nations are becoming wary of introducing further sanctions against Moscow. During a visit to Moscow in March by the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, he stated: “[Russia and Cyprus] will cooperate without paying attention to who is reacting or who may have concerns,” according to CNA.

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The current EU sanctions expire in June, after which time the bloc will hold a vote on prolonging them. However, a Russian politician, Leonid Kalashnikov, says he is confident that the bloc will not look to impose further measures against Moscow as it will not be in their interests.

“As far as new sanctions are concerned, now I am sure that Europe is very unlikely to impose them, because there are nations that would not agree to this – Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Italy. And if even a single nation does not agree there would be no decision, such is the voting procedure,” Kalashnikov, the deputy head of the State Duma’s committee for international relations, told the Izvestia daily.

Obama: ‘We have to twist arms when we need to’

Kalashnikov also said that almost daily meetings are held in the State Duma with foreign politicians who are trying to find a way to resume dialogue with Russia.

In February, Spain evaluated the losses suffered by the EU in the “sanctions war” with Russia at €21 billion ($23.78 billion).

In December 2014, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the US was “twisting arms” of their own allies so that they could continue an “anti-Russian front” and follow US policies on sanctions against Russia.

“But the US is not ashamed of insisting on cooperation with us [Russia] on matters affecting its own interests,” he said. He used the example of the Iranian nuclear talks, in which both Russia and the US take part.

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Obama: ‘We have to twist arms when countries don’t do what we need them to’

Even President Obama admitted that: “We occasionally have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do,” in an interview with Vox in February.

Even Washington has found the sanctions they have implemented against Russia have not always served their own interests. The US discreetly managed to create a loophole in its sanctions against Russia to allow communications software to be exported to Crimea to try and limit Moscow’s ability “to control the narrative of local events,” according to the Commerce Department, which was cited by Bloomberg.

The move comes after the State Department’s former senior adviser for innovation, Alec Ross, mentioned that the Russians have done “an excellent job of flooding the zone in Crimea with their propaganda,” and that the US needed to introduce media platforms in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, which Moscow would be unable to control.

President Obama’s Record: The Terrorists are Winning

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BY DONALD LAMBRO

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s mistake-filled, trouble-plagued presidency is slipping into history as Americans begin their search for a successor who can clean up the mess he created.

You’ve probably noticed that Obama isn’t making much if any real news lately. Days go by when he isn’t on the nightly network news or on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers.

It isn’t because he’s being ignored by the news media. It’s because he has nothing new to propose to deal with America’s problems, or, if he does, little chance of being taken seriously by the Republican Congress.

Second presidential terms are historically empty of the kind of major reforms and legislative initiatives that usually take place in the first four years of an administration.

That is, unless the president runs on a meaty, second term agenda — as President Reagan did in 1984 when he campaigned on cleansing our dysfunctional tax code and his success on getting the U.S. economy running again at full throttle.

No one writes about this because the economic growth comparisons to Obama’s first term record are shamefully embarrassing.

But, for the record, here are the robust quarterly growth figures Reagan produced in the fourth year of his first term: 8.5 percent, 7.9 percent, 6.9 percent and 5.8 percent.

He carried 49 states that year and went on to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code, with strong Democratic support, that cut the top tax rate to 28 percent.

Now, here’s Obama’s mediocre economic performance in 2012, the fourth year of his first term: 2.3 percent, 1.6 percent, 2.5 percent, and 0.1 percent.

(In his seventh year, the economy is getting worse. It has not only stopped growing in the first three months of this year, it actually contracted by 0.7 percent.)

Flash forward to the present day as the listless Obama administration stumbles through the last year and a half of his presidency. It isn’t a pretty picture.

In foreign policy, newly resurgent terrorist armies, from the Islamic State (ISIS and ISIL) to al-Qaeda, have seized large swaths territories across the Middle East and North Africa.

In a strongly-financed, far more lethal, multi-pronged offensive, these extremist groups have swiftly seized large strategic targets in Syria and Iraq. And their brothers in bloodshed and beheadings are making sporadic attacks in other adjoining states — a sign of their ambitious plans to wage war across the Middle East and beyond.

Remember how the administration responded to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of deadly, toxic chemical weapons on his own people, and Obama’s declaration that they had crossed a “red line” that would not stand?

Something was fishy when Russian thug Vladimir Putin, Assad’s friend, offered a diplomatic plan to negotiate the elimination of the chemical stockpiles, and Obama and secretary of State John Kerry fully embraced the idea and signed on the dotted line.

That took the spotlight off Assad’s continued attacks on Syrian population centers with barrel-bombs that killed as many or more civilians as the chemical weapons did.

But Obama’s naive belief that he could trust Assad to keep his word wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.

It was reported this week that Syria is using chlorine gas in oil barrels and gas cylinders, dropped by airplanes and helicopters on civilian residents in rebel-held areas.

Last month, international inspectors for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, that was part of the pact agreed to by Obama and Kerry, discovered traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military site in Syria.

And what about Putin’s seizure and annexation of the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and his defacto takeover of territory in its eastern region?

Obama and the European Union imposed economic sanctions on Russia, but the slap on the wrists have not deterred Putin’s ambitions to swallow Ukraine whole in his demonic dream of restoring a Greater Russia.

Sensing Obama’s fast-declining influence on the world stage, Putin has given the green light to resume military actions by pro-Russian rebels as renewed fighting broke out this week — blowing a huge hole in the tenuous cease-fire signed in February.

Ukraine’s pleas for increased military arms assistance has fallen on deaf ears in the White House where officials still insist a lasting diplomatic solution is possible. Kerry made back-to-back trips to Moscow last month in the fairy tale belief he could persuade Putin to end his aggression against the the Kiev government.

Meantime, back here at home, Obama’s apologists in the national news media have been working overtime to persuade voters that the economy’s ominous decline is not the president’s fault. It’s tight-fisted consumers who have driven the economy into a three-month recession, they say.

The day after the Commerce Department reported the economy’s collapse, the liberal Washington Post ran an excuse-filled story on its front page under this headline:

“Recession yields a culture of savers,” followed by this subhead: “Economy shrinks again as consumers continue to hang on to their cash.”

This is the time “for American consumers to feel good,” because job growth “is brisk,” wages are up, and gasoline prices have dropped, the Post’s well-paid reporters said.

What planet are they on? Job growth has been tepid at best, compared to previous recoveries. Wages are virtually flat. Gas prices have been rising again. College graduates can’t find good paying, fulltime jobs.

“The U.S. economy continues to stumble,” writes the Post’s economic columnist Robert J. Samuelson.

Obama’s impotent, job-killing, anti-growth economic policies are responsible for the mess we’re in — not the spending habits of hard working, hard-pressed, frugal Americans.

Obama was given a second term in 2012 when he should have been voted out of office. Next year we get a chance to correct that regrettable mistake.

RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT HEAD OFF AMERICAN DESTROYER IN BLACK SEA

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U.S. destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia’s territorial waters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia’s armed forces in Crimea.

The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia’s territorial waters and heading in their direction.

“The crew of the ship acted provocatively and aggressively, which concerned the operators of monitoring stations and ships of the Black Sea Fleet,” RIA quoted the source as saying.

“Su-24 attack aircraft demonstrated to the American crew readiness to harshly prevent a violation of the frontier and to defend the interests of the country.”

Russia’s Defence Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.

The incident is the latest example of encounters between Russian and Western militaries, as tensions continue over the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, last year.

Earlier this month both Britain and Sweden said that they had scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers near their territory.

The United States said last month that it was filing a complaint to Russia over a Russian fighter’s “sloppy” and unsafe interception of a U.S. reconnaisance plane in international aerospace over the Baltic Sea.

(Reporting By Jason Bush; editing by Ralph Boulton)